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The trio known as “The Remote Viewers” continues with their tightly woven sax/synth arrangements amid Louise Petts’ often deviously alluring vocals, evidenced on “The Slow Edge” and elsewhere. “Sequences of Regret” features haunting EFX, sounds of the pocket theremin and counteracting horn choruses, whereas the band also intermingles semi-classical undercurrents with intricately executed modern jazz-based interludes and odd-metered two-note unison lines. Basically, the trio’s calling card consists of rhythmically constructed motifs, brimming with complex yet well-coordinated sax parts and the soloists’ occasional plaintive cries. However, some of these combo – rock tinged, free-jazz pieces also present dimly lit scenarios and diametrically opposed themes.
Needless to state, this band generates quite a bit of interest as, Stranded Depots might represent “The Remote Viewers” finest effort to date. Through it all, the musicians’ touch upon various genres, while they consistently maintain an inimitable group sound along with an air of playful innocence. - The ensemble’s very special concoctions should seemingly appeal to a diversified audience. Recommended.
Track Listing: The Slow Edge; Lost Verticals Through Water; Goodbye; Sequences of Regret; The Sickness of Books; The Journey of Lead; The Strategy of Response; Steeled Design; Furthering Detachment; Priere; The Sharpening of Liquid; The Exclusion of Sound; Limits in Movement
Personnel: Adrian Northover; soprano & alto saxophones: Louise Petts; vocals & pocket theremin: David Petts; tenor saxophone, autoharp & Roland Synth
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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